Bin Laden to U.S.: Break Ties with Israel

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JERUSALEM, Israel - In a audio speech posted on an Islamic Web site on Monday, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden advised the U.S. to break its ties with Israel.

As usual, the authenticity of the speech was not able to be verified.

The 11-minute piece, entitled "A Statement to the American People," came two days after the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks on the Manhattan's World Trade Center.

Terrorism analyst Daveed Gartenstein-Ross appeared on Monday's CBN Newschannel's Midday program to give his analysis on the latest audio tape from Osama Bin-Laden. Click play to watch.

"The time has come for you to liberate yourselves from fear and the ideological terrorism of neo-conservatives and the Israeli lobby," Bin Laden said. "The reason for our dispute with you is your support for your ally, Israel, occupying our land in Palestine," he said.

Bin Laden also warned the U.S. about its military offensive in Afghanistan.

"If you stop the war, then fine. Otherwise, we will have no choice but to continue our war of attrition on every front," he said.

"You have only changed the faces in the White House," he continued.

"Obama is a powerless man. He will not be able to stop the war," he warned.

Earlier this month, the same Web site, often used by al-Qaeda, announced it would reveal news of a "present" to the Muslim world in honor of Ramadan.

Source: Reuters news agency

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